Prep Sports Roundup: Gutierrez hat trick lifts Bears to soccer victory |

Prep Sports Roundup: Gutierrez hat trick lifts Bears to soccer victory

Marco Gutierrez’s hat trick lifted Rifle to a 3-2 win over visiting Delta in its 2012 boys soccer opener on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bears and Panthers fought to a 1-all tie at halftime before swapping second-half goals to force the extra period.

Agustin Pantoja scored both of Delta’s goals.

Geo Munoz had an assist for Rifle.

Rifle’s softball team survived a slugfest with visiting Eagle Valley on Tuesday, winning 13-7.

After the Devils struck for five runs in the first inning, the host Bears responded with six of their own. They added four more runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to hold off Eagle Valley and improve to 2-0-1 on the season.

Emma Speer made several clutch defensive plays for Rifle, ranging to either side of her shortstop position to record outs on what would usually be hits.

Samantha Patterson made a number of plays at first base to reel in errant throws.

Offensively, the Bears drew 10 walks.

Brittany Neuroth had a single, double and two RBIs. Mary Wright had a single, two walks and two runs, Emily Neuroth a single and an RBI, Toni Booth a single, two walks and two RBIs and Jordan Smith a single, double and an RBI.

After three losses to open the season, Grand Valley’s softball team broke out in a 20-5 victory over Aspen Tuesday in the 3A Western Slope League opener for both teams.

Ashley Radel paced the 12-hit attack for the Cardinals (1-3 overall, 1-0 league play), going 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth.

Radel’s two-run double was part of an eight-run frame which put into effect the 15-run mercy rule.

Hailey Johnson finished 3 for 4, Bailey Merry went 2 for 4 and scored three times and Johnson notched five strikeouts on the pitching rubber for the Cardinals, who play at Delta today and at a tournament at Eagle Valley in Gypsum on Saturday.

Coal Ridge’s volleyball team held off visiting Glenwood Springs in three games on Tuesday, winning by counts of 25-21, 25-18 and 28-26.

The Titans improved to 4-1 overall with the win, while the Demons dropped to 3-2.

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